Indya Moore Is the First Trans Person on the Cover of Elle Magazine


Indya Moore is breaking barriers. She has faced a number of challenges throughout her life, and yet through each battle, she has showed up, taken up space, and stayed true to who she is. Ten years ago, Moore left home because her Puerto Rican mother and Carribean father did not accept her as her true self, and today she’s made history as the first trans person to ever be on the cover of Elle magazine.

The star of FX’s Pose said eloquently on Instagram that being on the June cover signified much more for an entire community of trans and people of color. She also said that as the June cover girl, the month is also significant to the LGBTQIA community.

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thank you @ninagarcia for choosing me to be your cover of june. this is an immense honor. im still taking it in. It's extremely overwhelming. I appreciate you for leaning into me, knowing the future i stand for & by covering me for june- acknowledging the way I utilize my platform to uphold those values & this vision. It's so Revolutionary to have someone like be your cover star. Especially as june approaches i'm thinking about the stone wall anniversary and how many black and brown queer people have died so queerness and gender variant/trans experiences can be humanized. We have come so far and I am so thankful that something about me or my community opened your eyes to us in the ways it has that resulted in my feature. There is still more work to do and everyday, and in nearly every conversation I hold I am thinking about ways to access people who are not systemically marginalized to inform them enough so that the burdeon doesn't always fall on marginalized black brown queer and gender variant peoples backs to free ourselves from chains we did not create. We still have a long way to go. Queerness doesn't seem always ok to exist unless it entertaintains the non queer majority- Gender variant and transness doesn't always seem to be okay when it doesn't entertain the non gendervariant /trans majority and black/brownness doesn't seem to be okay when it isn't entertaining the non black and brown majority. This june- I hold a very personal and special, celebratory pride for my intersectional identities and the ways those who don't or may not share those identity experiences take part in celebrating them too. ELLE: @elleusa Editor in Chief: Nina Garcia @ninagarcia Photographer: Zoey Grossman @zoeygrossman Stylist: Charles Varenne @charlesvarenne Hair: Hos Hounkpatin @hoshounkpatin Makeup: Vincent Oquendo @makeupvincent Manicure: Marisa Carmichael @marisacarmichael

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“This is an immense honor,” Moore said. “I’m still taking it in. It’s extremely overwhelming. I appreciate you for leaning into me, knowing the future I stand for and by covering me for June, acknowledging the way I utilize my platform to uphold those values and this vision. It’s so revolutionary to have someone like me be your cover star. Especially as June approaches I’m thinking about the Stone Wall anniversary and how many black and brown queer people have died so queerness and gender variant/trans experiences can be humanized. We have come so far and I am so thankful that something about me or my community opened your eyes to us in the ways it has that resulted in my feature. There is still more work to do and every day, and in nearly every conversation I hold I am thinking about ways to access people who are not systemically marginalized to inform them enough so that the burden doesn’t always fall on marginalized black brown queer and gender variant peoples backs to free ourselves from chains we did not create. We still have a long way to go.”

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@Sergio thank you for loaning your most intimate space To us. When they asked me where my safe and favorite place in nyc to do this was i mentioned you. Thank you sergio. @elleusa @ninagarcia Thank you for choosing @alphajada . she made my heart sing my truth for hoursbin a way I could barely feel labor from- something about her made me feel the safest i've felt yet in an interview to be so vulnerable- She listened patiently and with love. With every scene of my life that I shared I saw her in her eyes experience it with me. She accompanied me to the pharmacy after hanging out with me at my fitting for the Paley fest with @iancogneato, went with me to a pharmacy to cop my hormones & then sat with me in a restaurant at like 3 am cus we was both mad hungry and held so much space for my shock of noticing my ex- who I later realized wasn't my ex after all. She was there for me like a friend i knew for years but also like a safe stranger I met and of whom we were getting to know each other. It was a healing interview- and i never thought something like that could be possible, I hope @alphajada & I can still be friends. @zoeygrossman GURL. the way you shot me to life is gagworthy and gagconic. The way you trusted me made me trust you. Our relationship through your camera was so personal and intimate and synergetic.. when I explained to you what my prime lighting was & when I told you i was afraid of my complexion being whited out, you listened intently. You saw me how I see myself, And reflected that in our photos. Thank you for making me feel beautiful and giving me the space to channel that . @makeupvincent & @hoshounkpatin I love you guys so much and am so grateful you flew out to LA for me for this project. You manifested a cunt fish and gag and made it hair and makeup, thank you Both for being so helpful present loving and sincerely dedicated to make me look right. ELLE: @elleusa Editor in Chief: Nina Garcia @ninagarcia Photographer: Zoey Grossman @zoeygrossman Stylist: Charles Varenne @charlesvarenne Hair: Hos Hounkpatin @hoshounkpatin Makeup: Vincent Oquendo @makeupvincent Manicure: Marisa Carmichael @marisacarmichael

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While Moore discusses the difficultness of living in foster care for years after leaving her home, it seems she has made amends somewhat with her mother. Moore sent her this message on Mother’s Day.

“Thank you, mom, for trying, doing, surviving, healing, creating,” Moore said on Instagram. “You did what you can and in your best power, you worked against the world the best that you could and understood how to raise our family. And even though the pictures don’t look the same anymore, and have changed over the years I’m still so grateful to even have photos to look at, memories that were Beautiful and an undying faith that God is pleased with my mother. Thank you so very much.”

Congrats on the cover Indya! History was definitely made.

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